Remove the “conditional offer” of self incrimination

In the event of an alleged motoring offence (eg Safety camera evidence fo speeding), the Notice of Intended Prosecution gives an option of recieving a penalty and points "where there is evidence on an offence". RTA legislation allows the accused to pay the fine and take points on their license. In many cases, as this is the easiest route, even those who may not have been speeding will accept these penalties.

They have, in effect, been induced to admit to a crime they may not truly believe they have commited. To use a personal example, my choice was to accept the £60 and 3 points for an incident I would like to have contested, but would have lost at least a day's pay , far greater than the £60, and due to other personal circumstances, do not wish to put my partner through the stress of a court appearance.

The conditional offer is a pernicious route to revenue gathering and admission to guilt without trial – NOT in the spirit of innocent until proved gulity or proof beyond all reasonable doubt.

If we truly believe a breach of the law has been committed, then a court appearance should be the only route to levying any form of penalty. The conditional offer is tantamount to demanding money with menaces, and where the offer is accepted, if the accused has any doubt as to theri guilt, iis effectively equal to an inducement to perjury. 

If this  change represents an increase in overall cost to the state, it should be accompanied by an increase in penalties to cover this cost – the consequence of this change in legislation would therefore reduce unjustified penaly of the innocent, and raise the level of financial penalty for true motoring offences to a meaningful level, rather than the current token sums usually  levied.

Why is this idea important?

In the event of an alleged motoring offence (eg Safety camera evidence fo speeding), the Notice of Intended Prosecution gives an option of recieving a penalty and points "where there is evidence on an offence". RTA legislation allows the accused to pay the fine and take points on their license. In many cases, as this is the easiest route, even those who may not have been speeding will accept these penalties.

They have, in effect, been induced to admit to a crime they may not truly believe they have commited. To use a personal example, my choice was to accept the £60 and 3 points for an incident I would like to have contested, but would have lost at least a day's pay , far greater than the £60, and due to other personal circumstances, do not wish to put my partner through the stress of a court appearance.

The conditional offer is a pernicious route to revenue gathering and admission to guilt without trial – NOT in the spirit of innocent until proved gulity or proof beyond all reasonable doubt.

If we truly believe a breach of the law has been committed, then a court appearance should be the only route to levying any form of penalty. The conditional offer is tantamount to demanding money with menaces, and where the offer is accepted, if the accused has any doubt as to theri guilt, iis effectively equal to an inducement to perjury. 

If this  change represents an increase in overall cost to the state, it should be accompanied by an increase in penalties to cover this cost – the consequence of this change in legislation would therefore reduce unjustified penaly of the innocent, and raise the level of financial penalty for true motoring offences to a meaningful level, rather than the current token sums usually  levied.

CONGESTION CHARGE TIME TO PAY

ALLOW MORE TIME TO PAY THIS CHARGE (5 DAYS) ITS NOT PEOPLE TRYING TO AVOID PAYING IT THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU HAVE A BUSY DAY YOU OFTEN FORGET! ALSO LOWER THE FINE TO £20.00. A JUMP FROM 8.00 TO 60.00 IS DAYLIGHT ROBBERY.THE PEOPLE THAT TEXT YOU A RECEIPT COULD ALSO TEXT YOU A REMINDER TO PAY AFTER THE 24 HOURS IS UP ITS NOT DIFFICULT BUT ITS BETTER FOR LONDONS REVENUE IF YOU FORGET.

Why is this idea important?

ALLOW MORE TIME TO PAY THIS CHARGE (5 DAYS) ITS NOT PEOPLE TRYING TO AVOID PAYING IT THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU HAVE A BUSY DAY YOU OFTEN FORGET! ALSO LOWER THE FINE TO £20.00. A JUMP FROM 8.00 TO 60.00 IS DAYLIGHT ROBBERY.THE PEOPLE THAT TEXT YOU A RECEIPT COULD ALSO TEXT YOU A REMINDER TO PAY AFTER THE 24 HOURS IS UP ITS NOT DIFFICULT BUT ITS BETTER FOR LONDONS REVENUE IF YOU FORGET.

Civil Enforcement Officers

So-called Civil Enforcement Officers should return to being Parking Wardens. Their current powers to issue fixed penalties for offences other than parking ones, should be handed back to the police or, alternatively, to Police Community Officers.

Why is this idea important?

So-called Civil Enforcement Officers should return to being Parking Wardens. Their current powers to issue fixed penalties for offences other than parking ones, should be handed back to the police or, alternatively, to Police Community Officers.

Inform us of new laws

All new laws affecting the British people should be summarised and put on a website every day and listed in national newspapers regularly.

We should also be told who made the laws – the EU or Westminster – and what the penalties are for breaking them.

Why is this idea important?

All new laws affecting the British people should be summarised and put on a website every day and listed in national newspapers regularly.

We should also be told who made the laws – the EU or Westminster – and what the penalties are for breaking them.

fixed penaltys

stop all fixed penaltys, its a stealth tax and cost the tax payer more money to take the person to court if not paid it cost about 4000 pounds sterling to take one person to court  for  fine failure  its unworkable and should be stopped,

Why is this idea important?

stop all fixed penaltys, its a stealth tax and cost the tax payer more money to take the person to court if not paid it cost about 4000 pounds sterling to take one person to court  for  fine failure  its unworkable and should be stopped,

change rules on penalty charge notices

Councils should not offer reduced rates for the payment of penalty charge notices if the driver does not challenge the notice. The same rate should apply before or after a challenge.

Why is this idea important?

Councils should not offer reduced rates for the payment of penalty charge notices if the driver does not challenge the notice. The same rate should apply before or after a challenge.

Reduce company late filing penalty from £1500

A company with less than £100,000 revenue that is more than three months late in filing its accounts will be charged £1500 penalty with no possibility to reduce it.  This means an additional tax far out of proportion to the damage caused.

When a company owner is trying hard to keep their business afloat making sure the accounts are filed is not top of their priority.  Yet the penalty is a huge amount for a business

Why is this idea important?

A company with less than £100,000 revenue that is more than three months late in filing its accounts will be charged £1500 penalty with no possibility to reduce it.  This means an additional tax far out of proportion to the damage caused.

When a company owner is trying hard to keep their business afloat making sure the accounts are filed is not top of their priority.  Yet the penalty is a huge amount for a business

Banking regulation

Change the accounting rules for banks in particular to force them to declare ALL assets and liabilities on their balance sheets. Credit swaps and complex instruments should be independantly assessed  to ensure the poorly judged credit ratings of the past are unacceptable.  Rating agencies assessments shoulb be reviewed.

Why is this idea important?

Change the accounting rules for banks in particular to force them to declare ALL assets and liabilities on their balance sheets. Credit swaps and complex instruments should be independantly assessed  to ensure the poorly judged credit ratings of the past are unacceptable.  Rating agencies assessments shoulb be reviewed.

Fairer Speeding Penalties and better road signs

 

Speeding is wrong, but so is taking a persons license of them for being caught going 4 miles over the speed limit 4 times in 3 years. 

People that drive 20 or 30 thousand miles a year, often in areas they are unfamiliar with, can be caught of guard by so many circumstances.  Often cameras are placed where there is inadequate signage to remind them of the speed limit.  Also in one area a road may have a 50-mile an hour limit in others a similar road may have a 30 mph limit.  There needs to be more consistency.  Drivers also benefit from signs that show your speed – this is a great idea to help drivers.   Would also be happy for the speed limit to be dropped to 20mph – in fact where this is done it often extremely well signed.

Why is this idea important?

 

Speeding is wrong, but so is taking a persons license of them for being caught going 4 miles over the speed limit 4 times in 3 years. 

People that drive 20 or 30 thousand miles a year, often in areas they are unfamiliar with, can be caught of guard by so many circumstances.  Often cameras are placed where there is inadequate signage to remind them of the speed limit.  Also in one area a road may have a 50-mile an hour limit in others a similar road may have a 30 mph limit.  There needs to be more consistency.  Drivers also benefit from signs that show your speed – this is a great idea to help drivers.   Would also be happy for the speed limit to be dropped to 20mph – in fact where this is done it often extremely well signed.